London: Eight-time men’s champion Roger Federer moved into the third round at Wimbledon. Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber went out in the second. Federer advanced as expected on Thursday, beating wild-card entry Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on No. 1 Court. But unseeded American Lauren Davis pulled off the unexpected, defeating Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on No. 2 Court. “I told myself you’re strong, you can do it, you belong here,” said Davis, who only entered the tournament as a lucky loser. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherKerber beat Serena Williams in last year’s final. Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club in 2017 and was eliminated in the quarterfinals last year. Despite his pedigree at Wimbledon, Federer played his British opponent on the second biggest court on the grounds instead of his usual spot on Centre Court. “I really enjoyed myself on Court 1 today with the roof,” Federer said. “I couldn’t really tell if it was Centre Court or Court 1, actually.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 9 Sloane Stephens and No. 15 Wang Qiang also advanced to third round. Kvitova beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-2, Stephens defeated Wang Yafan 6-0, 6-2, and Wang ousted Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 6-2. Sam Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017, reached the third round in the men’s draw. The unseeded American defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Later, all eyes will be on the marquee matchup between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios. It is a rematch from 2014, when a 19-year-old Kyrgios upset then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club. Andy Murray will make his debut at this year’s tournament, playing men’s doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert against Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert.
The Women’s Media Center announces its honorees for The 2015 Women’s Media Awards on Thursday November 5th at Capitale in New York City.The honorees are: Laura Bates, Award-winning Journalist, Author and Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. Mona Eltahawy, International Prize-winning Columnist, Author and Activist. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour Co-Anchors. Marlo Thomas, Emmy, Golden Globe & Grammy-winning Actor, Producer and Activist. Padmasree Warrior, former Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems.The event, celebrating 10 years of the Women’s Media Center, will feature a special appearance by breakout Comedian, Writer and Actor Amy Schumer.The Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can be. The Women’s Media Awards shine a light on this important issue.Pat Mitchell, Chair of the Sundance Institute and Founding Co-Chair of The Women’s Media Center, will present the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award to Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.“Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill have been trailblazers from the beginning of their careers in media until now when they have broken more new ground as the first women to co-anchor a network news program,” says Pat Mitchell. “As the former President of PBS, it’s indeed a privilege to honor them at the Women’s Media Center’s 10th anniversary gala and to acknowledge the commitment of PBS’s leadership in promoting and advocating for women and a more inclusive view of the world. Judy and Gwen are women of great accomplishment who lead the way for others by modeling how to achieve success with integrity and how to open opportunities for others.”Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center, will present the Breakthrough Media Award to Marlo Thomas.“Marlo Thomas is a trailblazer who continues to show the power of media to break molds and change perceptions,” says Gloria Steinem. “At a time when women were seen in very limited roles on TV, That Girl, the ground-breaking series she starred in and produced, showed a working woman making her own way in the world, paving the way for the strong independent women we see in today’s culture. Year after year, Marlo’s landmark Free to Be … You and Me influences a new generation of girls to not be limited by gender stereotypes. Marlo is an advocate for grassroots women’s voices around the world, and as a performer, author, producer and activist, she continues to champion the rights of women to stand up and be seen.”Carol Jenkins, award-winning journalist, author and founding & former President of the Women’s Media Center, will present the Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award to Padmasree Warrior.“We are so thrilled to honor Padmasree Warrior, a powerful woman in technology and a strong STEM advocate for other girls and women who would pursue a similar path,” says Carol Jenkins. “As Chief Technology Officer for two of the largest companies in the world, she has opened the path customarily closed: less than a quarter of the workforce in tech is comprised of women; 90 percent of those women are white. To have a woman of color like Padmasree, visible and powerful, means everything.”Robin Morgan, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center, will present the Speaking Truth to Power Award to Mona Eltahawy.“Mona Eltahawy is a razor-sharp, award-winning Egyptian-American journalist. She’s also a feminist thinker, an impassioned writer, and one hell of a brave woman ,” says Robin Morgan. “In pursuing a story, she’s weathered jail, sexual assaults, an attack by a male mob (including police) that broke both her arms, and repeated death threats. Yet she continues stubbornly to speak truth to power – in a voice at once intelligent and audacious.”Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center, will present the Digital Media Award to Laura Bates.“Laura Bates has created a global movement that clearly and compellingly brings women’s quietly normalized experiences with violence and sexism to light,” says Julie Burton. “The simple platform she provided opened a floodgate and gave girls and women a place to talk about issues – such as rape, street harassment, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, dress codes, sexism in media – that affect daily life. She relentlessly challenges people to pay attention to the culture we are immersed in and to speak up and do something about it. The Women’s Media Center is proud to celebrate Laura and the Everyday Sexism Project.”“I am so proud that the Women’s Media Center will be honoring such a diverse range of powerful and accomplished women this year,” says Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-winning actor, humanitarian, activist and Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center, “These woman, in the courage and skill of their achievements, have been truly challenging how we see the world and making their voices heard.”Past WMC honorees include Luvvie Ajayi, Christiane Amanpour, Amma Asante, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric, Sady Doyle, Sarah Hoye, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Lara Logan, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Soledad O’Brien, Elianne Ramos, Yanique Richards, Mary Thom (posthumously), Barbara Walters, Lindy West and Maggie Wilderotter.For table and ticket purchase information, call Garwood Events at 212-678-0231 or e-mail Nicole@garwoodevents.com.
The Indian elections that kicked off last Thursday are a democratic exercise the likes of which the world has never seen. In the world’s largest democratic practice, around 900 million voters – more than the combined population of all the European countries, across 543 constituencies will cast their votes to decide the fate of political parties. The media coverage, like every election season, is being ruled by opinion polls. Surveyors and pollsters have jumped into the maze of deciphering future election results by making use of statistical models that forecast the vote share and the seat share of political parties based on surveys conducted among electorates. These forecasts have become fodder for everyday conversation. Also Read – A special kind of bondHowever, it is difficult to trust the results of opinion polls as the results differ significantly from poll to poll. Given this situation, many researchers have examined the results of opinion polls and claimed that they have failed repeatedly to predict election outcomes. A recent study presented in the book ‘The Verdict’ demonstrates that the success rate of such polls in estimating the number of seats that the winning party may bag is just 62 per cent. On similar lines, a study conducted by India Today raised concerns over the fact that day by day, opinion polls are drifting away from reality. One of the main findings of that analysis is that the errors in predicting Lok Sabha elections are on the rise since 1998-99. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn such a situation where the gap between opinion poll predictions and actual outcomes is widening, it is important to have a better statistical model in place to make sense of what factors are driving the outcomes behind elections. This can be done by indicating which types of economic and political data most meaningfully correlate with election outcomes. An attempt to develop such a holistic model that can provide precise estimates of voting behaviour must take into account all the factors that citizens keep in mind while casting their votes. In most democracies, a common belief is that good economics makes for good politics. This belief suggests that an incumbent party’s chances of winning elections increase if the region experienced positive economic growth during their term. In India, however, this popular notion is not supported by data. A simple correlation analysis between the growth rate of GDP per capita and the incumbent party getting re-elected reveals a negative relationship between the two, implying that in most cases despite higher growth incumbent does not get re-elected. This observation helps us in concluding that support base and vote bank for parties in India is dependent on a host of factors other than economic development. The two other factors that shape voting decisions of Indian voters might be social issues and public sentiment towards the government. A broad spectrum of the social issues from shelter to sanitation, education to health, personal rights to inclusion must be considered. This is important because of presence of diversity across Indian regions. For some living below the poverty line or on bare minimum income, social wellbeing would mean better shelter facilities, free healthcare, improved nutritional facilities, etc. For rich people, this would mean new opportunities to grow and improve their life. The sentiment towards the current government can be captured through two aspects. One, the vote share of the national ruling party in the state elections held during their tenure. Second, the narrative build by traditional media platforms about leaders and political parties and social media engagement of the political parties. The traditional media platforms provide voters with the facts and figures that can help them to make informed choices. And the increased exposure of voters to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter has provided a direct link between voters and leaders. More and more candidates are relying on social media campaigns to win elections. By serving as the source of information, media has the power to impact voting behaviour of citizens. A probit regression model, with the dependent variables as ‘the chances of incumbent coming back to power’ and explanatory variables as economic development, social wellbeing, sentiment towards the government and the presence of a strong regional party, for the period 1999 to 2014 results in a success rate of 80 per cent. The model predicts that for the upcoming elections the constituencies of Uttar Pradesh will play a key role in deciding the electoral fortunes of political parties. The incumbent Bhartiya Janata Party is expected to win 215 seats with surety while there are 33 seats in which any political party can turn the tables in its favour by focusing on the right set of issues. The factors, according to the model, that dominates the arena of decision making are social issues wherein a larger piece of the puzzle comes from how inclusive the incumbent party is. It is observed that while casting their vote, people keep in mind how acceptable a leader is towards caste-based minorities and other socially backward groups, how they treat women, and what is the level of atrocities against these minority groups during the party’s tenure. The second crucial factor which dominates the arena of decision making is the sentiment towards the government. Indian voters are known for their anti-incumbency tendencies. Many instances from the Indian political history can be cited that prove that dealing with anti-incumbency has been the biggest challenge of the ruling party. For instance, BJP won a wave election in 2014 by channeling citizens anti-incumbency sentiments against the Indian National Congress. Therefore, the lesson for political parties is to devise mechanisms that focus on issue-based election campaigning, which will enable favourable public opinion and increase their chances of winning. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Manisha Kapoor, senior researcher, Institute for Competitiveness, India has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Rabat – Designed for architects, engineers, contractors, and Moroccan construction professionals, The Big 5 Construct North Africa 2017 will run on April 25-27, at the Parc Des Expositions de l’Office des Changes, in Casablanca.Billed on the event’s Facebook page as a “must attend event,” the international building and construction show will feature more than 160 exhibitors from companies located in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. According to information on the page, Morocco will be represented by twenty companies, spanning all aspects of the construction industry. They include Mall Zellij, Chaoui Bois, Vicaima Africa, Le Comptoir and Patmas Afrique.Billed as an opportunity to build contacts and share innovation, the event will showcase thousands of cutting-edge construction products and technologies over the three days. More than 4,000 visitors are expected to attend the event being held in Morocco for the first time. Beyond the presentation of innovative products for the construction industry, the event includes 10 free certified Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshops. They are led by experts who share their in-depth knowledge of the construction sector, says DMG Events, the show’s organizer.Founded 37 years ago in Dubai, the event has grown exponentially over the years. During the 2016 conference more than 35,600 exhibitors, 195,500 visitors, 1000 speakers and 20,000 participants. Thirty Moroccan companies, supervised by Maroc Export, have taken part in the different editions of the Big 5 Dubai.The Big 5 takes its name from the 5 sectors of construction namely; mechanics, electricity and plumbing, interior constructions and finishes, tools and building materials, building envelope and special constructions and machinery and vehicles.
EDMONTON — New federal research has confirmed that water from vast oilsands tailings ponds is leaching into groundwater and seeping into the Athabasca River.Previous studies using models have estimated the leakage at 6.5 million litres a day from a single pond.But the Environment Canada study used new technology to actually fingerprint the mix of groundwater chemicals in the area.It found the mix of chemicals from tailings is different from that in naturally occurring bitumen deposits.That tailings mix, which contains toxic chemicals, is found in groundwater around mining operations, but not in areas away from development.It’s also found in groundwater just underneath the Athabasca River.The study, conducted under a new federal-provincial oilsands monitoring program, was accepted for publication in late January by the journal Environmental Science and Technology.Canadian Press
The heroin was estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands dollars in international market. The ANF registered a case against the arrested drugs smugglers, who were identified as Hanif and Javed. (Colombo Gazette) The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in Pakistan, Sunday, foiled a bid to smuggle heroin to Sri Lanka at Lahore Airport and arrested two accused, Pakistan Today reported.According to ANF sources, 107 heroin filled capsules were recovered during the search of baggage of two passengers leaving for Colombo through an international airline flight at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore.
COLONSAY, Sask. — The Mosaic Co. says it is cutting about 350 workers at its Colonsay potash mine in Saskatchewan as it ramps up production at a lower-cost operation.The fertilizer giant says it has issued 395 layoff notices to hourly workers as it indefinitely idles the Colonsay mine, but expects 52 of those workers to stay on to keep the operation on standby in case market conditions improve.The move comes after unprecedented wet spring weather in North America disrupted the planting season and affected fertilizer demand, though potash prices still rose.The company says it will make up for the lost Colonsay production by relying both on inventories and production at its lower-cost Esterhazy K3 project in Saskatchewan that it has been developing for years.The company committed $1.7 billion in 2015 to accelerate development of the Esterhazy K3 project. The mine, expected to be at full production by 2024, has produced over 400,000 tonnes of ore in the first half of this year.Mosaic says the mine closure and production shift are expected to avoid US$40 million to US$50 million in cash spending this year.The Canadian Press
For a family with its name on a wing of one of the world’s most famous museums and a school at a prestigious university, members of the Sackler clan have done a remarkable job of vanishing from public life.The family owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, which filed for bankruptcy this week as part of an effort to settle some 2,600 lawsuits accusing it of helping spark the national opioid crisis that has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. in the last two decades.Any settlement deal is likely to take a cut of their future income, and some states have sought to go after the Sacklers’ wealth, much of which has moved through a complex chain of companies and trusts in offshore tax havens. In a filing Wednesday, Purdue asked a bankruptcy court to halt all litigation against family members as well as the company.The relatives have rarely spoken publicly in recent years and did not show up to the first bankruptcy hearing this week, in White Plains, New York. Here are some basic facts about the family:THE COMPANY OWNERSHIPBrothers Mortimer, Raymond and Arthur Sackler — all physicians — bought the drug company known as Purdue Frederick in 1952. They are all dead, but their widows, children and grandchildren now own the company, along with an international drug company, Mundipharma.Purdue is privately held, and its board has been mainly controlled by Sackler heirs over the years, until legal issues began piling up in the last year. No family members are currently on the board.In court filings, lawyers for family members have argued that their clients, serving as company directors, were not heavily involved in day-to-day decisions at the company.___THE FAMILY BRANCHES: ARTHUR SACKLERArthur Sackler became a force in the drug industry separate from Purdue. In addition to his medical background, he worked in advertising and designed campaigns aimed at doctors for blockbuster drugs such as Valium.In 1997, Sackler was posthumously placed in the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame, where the citation about him says that he “helped shape pharmaceutical promotion as we know it today.”But Arthur Sackler died years before OxyContin hit the market. And states that have filed lawsuits against members of the family have not named his heirs. Arthur Sackler’s widow, Jillian Sackler, a major donor, has told institutions that her husband’s money did not come from OxyContin.“Suggestions that his philanthropy is now somehow tainted are simply false,” she wrote earlier this year in a Washington Post opinion piece.___THE FAMILY BRANCHES: RAYMOND SACKLERRaymond Sackler’s son Richard, who now lives in Florida, was an executive at Purdue when OxyContin launched in 1996 and later became CEO of the company.Plaintiffs in the lawsuits have seized on his words, especially his remarks to the company sales force at a 1996 launch party for OxyContin held just after a major snowstorm. He said the launch of the tablets would “be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense and white.”The drug did become a blockbuster, though generic opioids were prescribed far more often. Still, state and local governments that are suing the company assert that marketing by Purdue opened the door to wider use of prescription opioids.Richard Sackler wrote in a 1999 email cited in court filings, “You won’t believe how committed I am to make OxyContin a huge success. It is almost that I dedicated my life to it.”In a 2015 deposition, he tried to estimate how much the family had made from OxyContin. He said it was over $1 billion but less than $10 billion. In a video of the deposition that emerged in August, he was asked if he believed OxyContin was marketed too aggressively. He answered with a single word — “no” — while barely glancing up from papers he was looking through.Representatives for Raymond Sackler branch of the family did not respond to interview requests.___THE FAMILY BRANCHES: MORTIMER SACKLERAt the end of his life, Mortimer Sackler lived in London. His widow, Theresa, who lives in England, and children Mortimer D.A. Sackler, Kathe Sackler and Ilene Sackler Lefcourt are all former board members and are named in lawsuits.Mortimer D.A. Sackler and Kathe Sackler were also Purdue executives.In an April 1 deposition, Kathe Sackler was asked about an email attributed to her that concluded, “PS, I will strenuously protest approval of any document that suggests or implies, as this draft does, that Richard Sackler was responsible for the idea of developing a controlled-release oxycodone product. As you know, when I told Richard of my idea in the mid ’80s, he asked me what oxycodone was.”In questioning under oath, though, she said she did not remember writing that and that it would have been uncharacteristic of her to do so.Representatives for the Mortimer Sackler branch of the family did not respond to interview requests.___THE MONEYIn 2016, Forbes magazine listed the Sacklers as one of the 20 wealthiest families in the U.S. and tallied their holdings at $13 billion.For decades, the family members have been major philanthropic donors. In the 1970s, they underwrote the Metropolitan Museum of Art wing that houses an ancient Egyptian temple and bears the Sackler name.This year, institutions including the Met, Britain’s Tate museums, New York’s Guggenheim and Tufts University, where the graduate school of biomedical sciences also bears the family’s name, have announced they will stop taking gifts from the family or re-evaluate the relationship. The Louvre Museum in Paris took the Sackler name off a wing.In legal filings, states have contended that the heirs of Mortimer and Raymond Sackler have accepted payments of at least $4 billion over the last dozen years.Arizona’s attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force the family to return some money to Purdue so it could be fair game in lawsuits against the company. New York’s attorney general has requested financial records of entities connected to the family to try to trace the money. Her office said in a legal filing this month that it found $1 billion transferred to the family through Swiss banks and other secret accounts.___THE YOUNGER GENERATIONThe major exception to the Sackler family’s silence in recent years came when Richard Sackler’s son David and David’s wife, Joss, both in their 30s, both gave interviews for magazine profiles published earlier this year.Joss Sackler has a doctorate in linguistics, serves as a rock climbing guide and has a fashion line. In a Town & Country interview, she expressed frustration with media attention on her connection to the Sacklers rather than her own work. More recently, she feuded about OxyContin with rock star Courtney Love, who said in an Instagram post this month directed at Joss Sackler, “Your. People. Killed. My. People.”David Sackler, a Princeton University graduate who runs a family investment firm, made headlines last year when it was reported that he had paid $22.5 million in cash for a mansion in Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighbourhood. He told Vanity Fair that the family has been vilified in part because family members have not told their story publicly.“We have not done a good job of talking about this,” he said. “That’s what I regret the most.”___Follow Mulvihill at http://www.twitter.com/geoffmulvihillGeoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press
Alabama12-127322 TEAMRECORDCHANCE A “GOOD” TEAM MATCHES THIS RECORDAVG. WIN PROBABILITYSTRENGTH OF RECORDGAME CONTROL Michigan St.12-11467414 Michigan State: Lucky or good?It’s the play of the year: Michigan State was down 23-21 at The Big House, 10 seconds on the clock, Michigan punting on what would surely be the final play of the game. It was — just not the final play anyone could have imagined: Michigan State blocking a Michigan punt and returning it for a touchdown as time expired. What was likely the most exciting moment of the college football season also perfectly represents Michigan State’s run — a year of close calls and near-failures, but success in the end.The Spartans are 12-1 heading into the College Football Playoff vs. Alabama on Thursday. They got there not by dominance, but by the skin of their teeth. Are they lucky, or are they good? They’re both.Start with the obvious: Michigan State has a great résumé. It ended the season ranked No. 4 according to ESPN’s Strength of Record, a statistical measure of how impressive a team’s wins and losses are. Just ahead of Michigan State are — no surprise — the other playoff contenders: Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma. Alabama and Michigan State face each other in a late New Year’s Eve game that could stretch into 2016 (depending on your time zone). Alabama is the favorite, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model, as the Tide have the nation’s top defense and a dominant running back in Derrick Henry. The Heisman winner is quite the workhorse, rushing 90 times in his previous two games. Michigan State, on the other hand, is lucky to be in the playoff at all. Although they’ve managed an impressive record en route to a Big Ten championship, the Spartans have often won — as against Michigan — by the skin of their teeth. Underpinning this ranking is the probability that an average top-25 team — specifically, a team rated in the 90th percentile according to ESPN’s Football Power Index — would have this team’s record or better after playing this team’s schedule. So the typical “good” team had only a 14 percent shot at matching the Spartans’ 12-1 record. That’s impressive, but it lags far behind the top three; Clemson and Alabama have accomplished what a typical top-25 team would have only a 2 percent probability of matching.Although Michigan State has earned a strong record, it has been awfully lucky en route. For instance, in the two weeks before that miracle win against Michigan, the Spartans had close calls against Purdue and Rutgers. Their habit of cutting it close caught up with them when Nebraska delivered their only loss in a thrilling and controversial 39-38 upset.The Spartans recovered from that loss with big wins against Ohio State and, in the Big Ten title game, versus Iowa. But both games were extremely close. Michigan State never led until the final play of the game against the Buckeyes, and it took an epic 22-play drive in the conference championship’s final minutes to beat Iowa.Luckily there’s a stat to illuminate how dominantly a team wins: ESPN’s Game Control rating, which is a reflection of a team’s average in-game win probability, adjusted for opponent strength and aggregated throughout the season. Think of it as a metric that determines how early big powerhouse schools put the game out of reach and thus avoid the coin-flip finishes Michigan State hazarded coming down the stretch.Although the familiar trio of Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma rank No. 1 through No. 3 in Game Control, the Spartans are No. 14. That’s because their average in-game win probability was just 67 percent. By contrast, Clemson won in far more dominant fashion — on average, the Tigers had a 77 percent in-game probability of winning. (And the Tigers won all their games, after all.)It’s tempting to look at Michigan State’s résumé and thumb the scale on the side of luck; success in close (and especially flukey) games has never been very replicable in football, college or pro, and the Spartans had more than their fair share. But this dim view misses the fun parts of MSU’s season: It’s the only team to arrive in the playoff having played a full slate of thrilling games, instead of the more typical championship route, which involves a few competitive conference games sprinkled into an otherwise sleepy march to inevitability.Alok Pattani contributed database research to this article.Read more: Clemson’s One-Man Offense vs. The Balanced Sooners Oklahoma11-177133 Source: ESPN Clemson13-02%77%11 Alabama: Is Derrick Henry being run into the ground?Derrick Henry has had a magnificent season, racking up 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, earning him the Heisman Trophy. He has also had a tremendous workload, carrying 339 times in 13 games, with at least one and possibly two left to play. This came to a head in Henry’s final two games before the playoff, with him carrying 46 times against Auburn and another 44 against Florida. The questions here are obvious: Is Derrick Henry being run into the ground? Might his workload negatively affect his pro career? Probably not, at least as far as we can tell.If Henry were an NFL running back, we might point to the fabled “Curse of 370.” The curse is an idea popularized by Aaron Schatz at Football Outsiders; when Schatz singled out running backs who had 370 or more carries in an NFL season, he noticed that they subsequently performed poorly. There’s considerable dispute over the specifics of such an effect, but workload concerns take on added meaning for college running backs, who have not yet begun their pro careers, and who, one might worry, are coughing up earning power one 40-carry game at a time.If the “curse” exists at the college level, then Henry’s season is a red flag. Henry is averaging 26.1 rushes per game — the 25th-highest per-game workload of any FBS player over the past 12 seasons. The carries have clustered in the back half of the season, as well: Over the first six games of the season, Henry averaged 20 carries per game; in the last seven, he has averaged 31.3. In total, Henry has carried the ball 339 times this season — 17th most in FBS play over the past 12 seasons — with more football left to play. Given his workload in the last two games, he might careen right past the infamous 370 mark in just 14 games.Now for the good news: Based on the available stats, a heavy college workload has no relationship to a shorter shelf life in the pros. Of 97 running backs who have played at least four NFL seasons since 2005,1A further constraint was that the back had to have at least 50 total carries in his first two seasons. there’s no statistical relationship between college rushing attempts (either total or per game) and whether the RB suffered a drop-off in NFL production between his first two years and years three and four.Of course, some NFL backs peak early and fade quickly. One can think of Alfred Morris, Knowshon Moreno, Cadillac Williams and LeGarrette Blount. In some cases that’s because of injury, but often it’s just a decline in production. Take Kevin Smith: Smith carried the ball more than 900 (!) times while at the University of Central Florida; in one particularly cruel year, he had 450 rushes. And, sure enough, Smith peaked early in the NFL. He rushed 455 times for more than 1,700 yards in his first two seasons. But that trailed off to just 106 total carries in years three and four. It’s cases like this that make it tempting to draw a link between a running back’s college workload and his pro decline. “He was just run into the ground,” you could say.But there are plenty of counterexamples. DeAngelo Williams, DeMarco Murray and Ahmad Bradshaw, for instance, all had more than 500 college rushing attempts — which is where Henry, with 547 carries, is now. Yet these backs got better as their pro careers progressed into the third and fourth years. A regression analysis between college rushing attempts (both total and per game) and the change in NFL production (whether in yards or total carries) found no relationship at all.Of course, this analysis looks only at the first four years of a back’s pro career; this was done to give us a sufficient sample (97 backs) and to avoid plaguing the analysis with a survivorship bias, as better backs have longer careers, and running backs in general have short tenures in the league.So if Derrick Henry goes for 40 or more carries for a third straight game, we’ll likely hear that he’s being used up and his best pro years are being shortened. Several years down the line, that may turn out to be true. But the argument against overuse has always been that performance takes a hit in the next few years after a heavy-workload season, and with college rushers, that doesn’t seem to be the case — at least for now.
Instead, Sri and Gopi Hinduja, who moved to London in 1979 and have a vast array of business investments under the Hinduja Group, were named as the richest people in the UK with a fortune of £16.2billion.Self-made Sir James Dyson and his family ranked at number 14, while Denise, John and Peter Coates, who set up online gambling website Bet365, rose two places up the ranks to 22nd due to their £5,000million fortune.The release of the list on Sunday comes after a study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research found “new money” entrepreneurs were regularly overtaking the likes of aristocrats and property moguls.Professor Douglas McWilliams, who conducted the research, described the “very rich” as a “changing cast of people”.Discussing this year’s rankings, Alastair McCall, editor of the Rich List, said they were seeing “more and more diversity” in the make-up of the list, with “egg farmers and pet food makers lining up with hedge fund managers and private equity barons”. The couple made their debut at number 29, with an estimated fortune of £3,682million Credit: BFAnyc.com/REX/Shutterstock Lady Charlotte Wellesley is, alongside her husband, the richest newcomer in this year’s Sunday Times Rich ListCredit:Nick Harvey/REX/Shutterstock Mr Santo Domingo is at the helm of his family’s conglomerate, the Santo Domingo Group. He is also the managing director of a New York-based investment advisory firm and was elected to the Board of Trustees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009. Last year, the 6th Duke of Westminster, Major General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, appeared at number six. His son, together with the Grosvenor family, were this year placed ninth, despite their fortune increasing by £170million. Baroness Howard de Walden, who has a substantial property portfolio, slipped from 25th to 30th place overall, while Viscount Portman found his family three places lower than last year at 59th. A friend previously described him as “like Prince Charming, almost too much… he really is a nice guy, clever and kind”.He was linked to heiress Amanda Hearst and model Eugenia Silva before meeting Lady Charlotte, whose ancestor the 1st Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. The Oxford graduate, who studied archaeology and anthropology, now works with photographer Mario Testino. The 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, cemented his position as Britain’s youngest billionaire aged 26Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Lady Charlotte, however, married Alejandro Santo Domingo, a 40-year-old Colombian-American businessman with a degree from Harvard and shares in one of the world’s largest breweries, in a ceremony in Spain last year.Fast forward 12 months and the 26-year-old is, alongside her husband, the richest newcomer in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, which ranks the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families.The couple, who debuted at number 29, are described as having accumulated their estimated fortune of £3,682million through “inheritance, brewing and investment”. They announced their engagement in July 2015 with a simple note in The Daily Telegraph. Their wedding was held at a 16th century church in a quiet hill town around 25 miles from Granada and at the Duke’s family estate, Dehesa Baja, in May last year.Those in attendance included the Duchess of Cornwall and Spain’s former King Juan Carlos I, as well as Harrow-educated singer James Blunt.Mr Santo Domingo’s success means Lady Charlotte – who is not thought to have been ranked before – is now one of the richest aristocrats on the list, despite “old money” millionaires increasingly struggle to count themselves among the mega-rich. Hugh Grosvenor, who became the 7th Duke of Westminster last August following his father’s death, was the wealthiest aristocrat on the list with an estimated £9,520million fortune. The well-connected 26-year-old, who is godfather to the Duke of Cambridge’s son George, cemented his title as Britain’s youngest billionaire having inherited estates in Oxford, Cheshire and Scotland, as well as 300 across London’s Mayfair and Belgravia. Her father is the 9th Duke of Wellington, she is a descendant of Queen Victoria and she has access to a family estate worth tens of millions of pounds.But it took marrying a billionaire financier for Lady Charlotte Wellesley to become one of Britain’s wealthiest people.Indeed, the photographer’s assistant, whose mother is Princess Antonia of Prussia, appears to have bucked the trend that has seen aristocrats fail to keep their prestigious positions among the mega-rich.While many others – such as Earl Cadogan and the Duke of Westminster – have added millions to their fortunes, they have found themselves pushed down annual rich lists by self-made billionaires. The couple at the DKMS 2016 Blood Ball at Diamond Horseshoe in New York City last OctoberCredit:Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images
Now, in a new podcast about the killers, Gill Brett, 41, described Fred as having a “rough and ready look… In 1978, Brett, then 17, began lodging at the West’s Gloucester home. The house would later be dubbed the “house of horrors” after the dismembered body parts of some of the West’s victims were found buried there. A Fred and Rose West tenant joked they must have “dead bodies down there” as the killers went up and down to the cellar, she has revealed in her first interview. Gill Brett, a tenant of the serial killers Fred and Rose West, who abused and murdered at least 12 young women and girls between July 1967 and June 1987, has spoken about her time at 25 Cromwell Street for the first time.
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The Golden Dragons gave up a big fight against Japan, but couldn’t find the net and ended up losing 1-0 in the 2019 Asian Cup Quarterfinals.The best result Vietnam has ever recorded in the AFC Asian Cup was the fourth place in 1956 and 1960.But on those tournaments, there were only four teams presented, as the team couldn’t even win a single game.The Golden Dragons then failed to qualify for the next tournaments, reaching the Quarterfinals in 2007 as they played at home.And 12 years later, the team was back into the Quarterfinals, only to fail again to qualify to the Semifinals.“For Vietnam to reach the quarterfinal was dramatic,” head coach Park Hang-seo said to The Khaleej Times.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.“I think my players did their best in the competition — even though we lost against Japan today. My team showed great fighting spirit.”“I am really satisfied,” he added.“Reaching the quarterfinals here is dramatic. I never expected that we would reach the quarterfinals here. It’s a miracle.”“But our team showed that we can do it. That we can fight any team. Of course, we are not as strong as Japan, Iran, and Iraq,” he commented.“So for the Vietnam team, this experience of playing such strong teams could be very helpful to improve their level.”
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration to become the agency’s permanent chief and will be replaced by Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.“Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!”The surprise withdrawal concluded a bumpy and challenging tenure for Shanahan in the Pentagon’s top job. In recent weeks the administration offered no explanation why Shanahan’s nomination paperwork had not reached the Senate, according to Politico.During Shanahan’s tenure criticism had surfaced about his lack of military experience, his deep ties to his former employer Boeing and complaints that he permitted White House intervention in his chain of command.Shanahan’s surprise withdrawal also coincided with the publication of details that emerged of alleged domestic violence incidents involving Shanahan’s son and his then-wife that the FBI investigated as part of his background check.Shanahan has served as the Pentagon’s acting secretary since January after Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis resigned from the post in late December. Shanahan has served at the Pentagon since 2017, becoming an under secretary that year.DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando ADC AUTHOR
Kodiak’s fire station sits at 70 feet above sea level, which is in the city’s tsunami inundation zone. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT)Last month’s earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska left the city of Kodiak’s fire station shaken and cracked. It’s also stimulated the efforts to replace the building.Listen nowChief Jim Mullican is standing outside Kodiak’s fire station counting the cracks in one of its walls that were left behind by January’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake.“You got one there. Here’s two. Here’s three. Here’s four, five, six,” Mullican listed.According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, that earthquake is considered one of the strongest recorded in the last 150 years in Alaska. And it left Kodiak’s firehouse worse for the ware.“Nine and this spiders out,” Mullican said.A lot of the cracks run up the walls and cut all the way through them.“Step cracks right here, that’s 11. Diagonal crack, that’s 12. I believe there’s another one that’s twelve brand new cracks,” Mullican said.On the wall Mullican is inspecting, the small lines don’t look like much, but he says they’re serious. The damage spans the whole building and even though the station’s considered stable, he’s still worried.“I have these cracks that are through the wall, what happens when that next little 4.2, 5.0 earthquake what’s that going to do to this already compromised station,” Mullican said.Not only is the safety of his firefighters on his mind, but another shake could potentially break the station’s garage doors and trap Kodiak’s fire engines and ambulances. But Mullican says he’s got a plan for if that happens.“Basically, it involves pulling out our saws and cutting these doors open to get the rigs out if it gets to that point,” Mullican said.The structural damage isn’t the only problem facing the firehouse. It’s old. The newest section of the building was built in the 1970s. So, Kodiak already a needed a new station before the quake.“It’s to the point where, truly, we need to tear it down and build a new one,” Mullican said.To make matters worse, the building’s located in Kodiak’s tsunami inundation zone. When January’s earthquake shook the Gulf of Alaska it also caused a tsunami warning to be issued to many coastal communities including Kodiak.A huge wave never appeared, but after the scare, Kodiak’s Mayor Pat Branson was called before the U.S. Senate committee on energy and natural resources to talk about the ordeal. In her testimony, she made it clear that replacing Kodiak’s fire station is vital.“One essential need and safety priority is our fire station. along with protecting the city of Kodiak,” Branson said. “The Kodiak fire department provides all emergency medical services and transports on the Kodiak road system.”Building a new firehouse will be expensive. It’s estimated the project will cost around $15 million. While in Washington, Mayor Branson spoke with Alaska’s U.S. Senators and its Representative about Kodiak’s need for a new station and where to get funding for the project. Nothings come from those conversations yet, but Mayor Branson says she’s optimistic.Chief Mullican says something needs to be done soon because Kodiak will get hit by another earthquake at some point“It’s not if, it’s when because we live in the Pacific Ring of Fire. We’re going to have earthquakes,” Mullican said.Right now, Mayor Branson says the city is figuring out where the new firehouse can be built where a future tsunami won’t touch it. Once that’s done the city can move on to the next step in the process of replacing the station.
Three companies have filed draft papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to raise capital via Initial Public Offering (IPO). These three companies are Continental Warehousing Corp. NS Ltd, Genesis Colors Pvt. Ltd and Avenue Supermarkets Ltd.The companies are looking to utilise the funds for further business expansion, repayment of loans and general corporate purposes, Deal Street Asia reported.The shares of the firm will then be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE).Genesis ColorsThe company which owns luxury brands such as Bwitch and Satya Paul in June proposed to raise upto Rs 380 crore via an issue of shares. It also included offer for sale up to 1.92 million shares by Mayfield Fund, Henderson Private Equity and Innoven Capital. The company, which includes distribution and marketing partners for brands such as Paul Smith, Jimmy Choo and Armani, has hired ICICI Securities, Edelweiss Financial Services to manage the issue.Continental Warehousing CorpThe logistics firm has filed draft prospectus to issue shares worth Rs 419 crore. The offer for sale of upto one crore shares by Warburg Pincus and 36,76,820 shares for Abraaj. Edelweiss Capital, Axis Capital, Ambit, ICICI Securities are managing the issue. Proceeds from the fresh issue will be utilised for retiring debt, purchase of equipment and construction of warehouses at Ahmedabad and Panipat.Avenue SupermarketsThe company, which owns and operates hypermarket and supermarket chain D-Mart is looking to raise upto Rs 1,870 crore through a fresh issue of shares. The company, which is amongst India’s fastest growing retailer, could raise about Rs 1,000-1,200 crore through an IPO. Kotak Mahindra Capital, Axis Capital, Edelweiss, HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, Inga Capital, JM Financial will manage the issue, Mint reported.
Airtel Payments BankTwitterAfter running into rough weather due to Aadhaar-related e-KYC issues, Airtel Payments Bank on Thursday said it has received requisite approvals from the Reserve Bank of India and UIDAI to start acquiring new customers.”Airtel Payments Bank has received requisite approvals from The Reserve Bank of India to start on-boarding new customers. Airtel Payments Bank has also been permitted by the UIDAI to resume the on-boarding of customers using Aaadhaar based e-KYC. We thank the authorities for the approvals,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.”We remain committed to the government’s vision of financial inclusion and banking for all,” he added.In an interview to IANS last week, Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said: “The bank had started off very well, but we got into regulatory issues. We are working very closely with authorities (RBI and UIDAI) and hopefully, this will be back to business soon and start acquiring customers. Right now have 30 million customers in the bank and the wallet. The operation is continuing for existing customers, but we are not acquiring new customers.”Airtel Payments Bank on May 24, 2018, announced the appointment of Anubrata Biswas as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment comes five months after former CEO and MD Shashi Arora stepped down in December.The RBI on March 9 slapped a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Airtel Payments Bank Limited for violating KYC norms, an official statement said.”The Reserve Bank of India has imposed, on March 7, 2018, a monetary penalty of Rs 50 million on Airtel Payments Bank Limited for contravening the ‘Operating Guidelines for Payments Banks’ and directions issued by RBI on Know Your Customer (KYC) norms,” the RBI statement had said.[ Source- IANS]
New Delhi: Hitting out at the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said while Tuesday was the anniversary of the Emergency imposed in 1975, the country is going through “super emergency” for the past five years. Emergency was imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975 which was in effect till March 21, 1977. “Today is the anniversary of the Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a ‘Super Emergency’. We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country,” Banerjee tweeted.
Mona Lisa’s famed smile may be forced, according to a study which suggests that Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci deliberately portrayed her that way. Researchers at St George’s, University of London in the UK set out to investigate the truth of Mona Lisa’s expression and apply neuroscientific principles to the world’s best-known painting. They investigated the mechanism of the expression and used a ‘chimeric face’ technique; cutting the mouth in half and placing each half alongside its mirror image. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe two chimeric images were judged by a group of 42 healthy subjects and rated according to the expression perceived. The subjects agreed that the left-left image showed happiness, while the right-right side image was less expressive, being perceived as neutral or even sad. The research, published in the journal Cortex, concluded that the Mona Lisa is smiling asymmetrically. The researchers, including Luca Marsili of the University of Cincinnati in the US and Matteo Bologna of Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, then applied their neuroscientific knowledge to this conclusion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”According to the most accredited neuropsychological theories, if a smile is asymmetric it is usually non-genuine,” said Lucia Ricciardi at St George’s, University of London. “While what we call a Duchenne’ smile, a genuinely spontaneous smile, is bilateral and symmetrical. It’s also characterised by upper face activation and that also doesn’t seem to be the case in this portrait,” Ricciardi said. Recent research has suggested that asymmetric smiles can be a sign of insincerity or of a lie. “Of course, we know that posing for a picture for many hours will result in a forced expression. But we also know that Leonardo was a master of ‘sfumato’ – the technique of shading which is used to demonstrate expression,” Ricciardi said. “He deliberately raised her left lip, as if to paint a smirk. He would have known that curving the lip on both sides and adding folds around the eyes would have shown a genuine smile. “And he had this knowledge hundreds of years before Duchenne’s work in the 1800s. So we have enjoyed hypothesising that this asymmetry was a deliberate action. What we still don’t know is the reason that he portrayed her this way — so her smile is as elusive as ever,” he said.
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